Following the rage of protests by members of the National Labour Congress going round the Nation, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has backed the request to the National Assembly by the NLC not to relay the responsibility of minimum wage regulation to State governments.
Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Abraham Ingobere, revealed this when he received a delegation of the Bayelsa State Chapter of the NLC in the Assembly complex today, March 10, 2021.
The speaker who was represented by a member representing Yenagoa Constituency II, Ebiowou Koku-Obiyai, who is also a former NLC state chairman, assured members of the NLC in the state that the state’s legislative arm would stand by the NLC when the need arises.
According to him:
I want to say that we are in this together. It is clear that this is a constitutional matter and, definitely, for the Federal Government to take any action, it would come to the state Houses of Assembly since we represent constituents who are also workers.”
NLC state chairman, John Ndiomu, had read a letter presented to the House by the NLC.
The bill is tantamount to a negation of the efforts of the Nigerian working class in the past forty years to free itself from the cruel manacles of slave wages, savagery working conditions and slave drivers.
Ndiomu in his letter stated three reasons why the new plan to transfer the regulation of the minimum wage to state government will come with some implications.
Hinging on the fact that the new plan by the National Assembly is only an endorsement for some governors to unleash slavery on workers.
He however encouraged the speaker and members of the Assembly to act on the issue with fair judgment and compassion on workers in the state.